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Working With Diverse Populations

With over 4 years of classroom, research, tutoring and organizational experiences, and the desire to provide adults with engaging and meaningful training experiences, I am confident in my ability to strategically and effectively serve diverse populations of individuals. Throughout the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to teach culturally diverse groups of K-12 students and adults, including those with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and students performing at, and above grade level. As a result, I have become proficient in designing creative and stimulating presentation, training and lecture content, which accommodate multiple intelligences, brings a hands-on approach to learning, and keeps participants motivated and focused. I also possess exceptional organizational development and communication skills, which will assist me in being an effective liaison between participants and the larger academic and business community.

In order to achieve the goal of an inclusive learning experience for all participants, it is necessary that I am clearly aware of my own ethnic and cultural identities, as well as any potential biases or shortcomings that may arise from my personal and cultural background (Zeichner, 1992). It is necessary that I hold high expectations for all students, while I strive toward practicality and equity in student learning outcomes. A collaborative learning environment supported by a living curriculum which stimulates the development of higher-level cognitive skills, is imperative to helping me develop meaningful training models for participants. The use of academic and social scaffolding in regards to both concepts and vocabulary is essential to comprehensive learning, when working with diverse populations. Lastly, my continued community engagement, focused on ensuring social justice and access to resources for all, will further strengthen my understanding of diverse populations. In short, my effectiveness in working with diverse populations hinges upon my inherent personal commitment to continue my own authentic personal and professional growth.


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References

Zeichner, K.M. (1992). Educating teachers for cultural diversity. East Lancing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning

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